LEWISTON, Maine -- Sophomore Matt Chlastawa dished out a career-high six assists and the Bates men's lacrosse team rallied from an early 4-0 deficit to defeat Endicott by a score of 15-10 Tuesday evening at Garcelon Field.
The Bobcats (5-4) took the lead for good over the Gulls (1-6) with 4:21 left in the second quarter when Chlastawa (Westfield, Mass.) found senior captain Clarke Jones (Pepper Pike, Ohio) for a man-up goal to put Bates ahead 6-5. Less than 30 seconds later first-year Peyton Weatherbie (Cape Elizabeth, Maine) scored his first career goal on an assist from sophomore Sean Clark (Mill Valley, Calif.) to complete a 6-0 run for the Bobcats, extending their lead to 7-5 after being behind 5-1 at the end of the first quarter.
The teams traded goals to end the second quarter and the Bobcats led the Gulls 8-6 at halftime.
Nick Arcadipane cut the Bates lead to one with 11:31 left in the third quarter on an assist from Andrew Soucy. But Bates answered right away. Chlastawa connected with sophomore Brendan Mullally (Baltimore, Md.) eight seconds after the Bobcats won the ensuing faceoff to put Bates up 9-7. Neither team scored for more than nine minutes until Chlastawa dished out another assist, this time to junior Matt Kelleher (Newburyport, Mass.), extending the lead to 10-7 with 2:12 remaining in the third. Arcadipane trimmed the Bates edge to 10-8 with just two seconds left in the quarter.
The Bobcats scored the first two goals of the fourth quarter but the Gulls answered with two consecutive scores of their own, making the score 12-10 in favor of Bates with 9:19 left in the game.
Chlastawa continued his prolific day on offense by connecting with Kelleher again, making the score 13-10 with 8:21 remaining. Then first-year Jack Scribner (Falmouth, Maine) scored unassisted with 4:50 to go and 16 seconds later Chlastawa scored his second goal of the game on an assist from Jones.
Bates held Endicott scoreless down the stretch to secure the win. Sophomore Rob Strain (Montclair, N.J.) made nine saves in the cage for Bates while Patrick Dean tallied 11 saves for the Gulls.
Jones led the way in goals scored with five, matching his career high, while Kelleher added three. Mullally recorded two goals and three assists. Junior Rocco Fantoni (Hauppage, N.Y.) continued his remarkable season on defense with a team-high three caused turnovers and a team-high five ground balls.
The Bobcats won the turnover battle 11-20 and Bates was perfect in man-up situations, converting all four opportunities. Meanwhile Bates held Endicott scoreless in the Gulls' three man-up chances.
Arcadipane, Will Clark, and Jack Sutherland all scored two goals apiece for Endicott. Four different Gulls scored to start the game before Jones got Bates on the board on an assist from Mullally in a man-up situation with 1:59 left in the opening quarter of action.
The Bobcats hit the road to take on Hamilton this Saturday at 12:00 p.m.